Shaq Defends Deion Sanders’ Two-Parent Household Recruiting Comments: ‘Spitting The Facts’

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Shaquille O’Neal completely agrees with Deion Sanders’ outlook on recruiting.

The Colorado head coach made some waves when he claimed he wanted his QBs to come from two-parent households, have high GPAs, stay out of trouble and be strong leaders. When he looks for a defensive lineman, he looks for someone clawing to just stay above water.

For reasons many people don’t understand, those comments were taken as insensitive and controversial.

Well, Shaq certainly doesn’t have a single issue with what Sanders said.

Shaq defends Deion Sanders. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Shaq comes to Deion Sanders’ defense.

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Ain’t nothing wrong with what he said … You know why I have discipline? You know why I don’t get in trouble? You know why I don’t do dumb sh*t? Daddy would have whooped my ass. Lot of kids don’t have that. A lot of kids have hard working mothers that really have to work and they grow up on their own. And you can go left or you can go right. Studies show, statistics show that’s just how it is,” Shaq explained on his podcast.

When Nischelle Turner pushed back, Shaq refused to back down and said Deion was “spitting the facts,” and he even jokingly grinned as he said he would also want his lineman on defense to be “hard.” You can watch his full comments below. He starts right around 56:00.

Sanders continues to build a culture at Colorado.

Deion Sanders continues to pave his own path at Colorado, and he’s incredibly authentic. That’s why people are drawn to him.

He doesn’t engage in cliche coach speak. He speaks his mind and rolls with it. That’s what he did with his recruiting comments, and he shouldn’t be crushed for it.

Deion Sanders was criticized for comments about what he looks for in recruits. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

You can agree with his stance on two-parent households producing better QBs, or you can disagree with it. That’s your right as an American. However, someone being outraged about what Deion Sanders said doesn’t make him wrong.

Young men desperately need strong leadership. That often comes from a male mentor, and as Shaq said, his dad would have “whooped” his “ass” if he stepped out of line.

That’s about as blunt as it gets. Shaq and Deion also both have sons. It’s almost like they might know a thing or two about molding young men. Instead of being outraged, perhaps a little listening and learning would be better.

Shaq backs Deion Sanders’ recruiting comments. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Do you agree with what Sanders said? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. Deion, Shaq and Charles Barkley are three very similar voices of highly successful high-profile Black men in American Sports. That each of them gives the same message in their own unique styles is very telling.

    That the radical activist BLM gang so opposes them is also revealing.

  2. How does a QB lead if he has no idea how to? How does a young man know what leadership with without a father? Unlike 95% of coaches, Prime has clearly thought this (and many other things) through. Rather than use PC coach speak he’s telling you what he does. And ya know what…if you’re a fellow coach, you should probably copy what he’s doing.

  3. Coach Prime is spot on. People across all races have much more in common than differences. The divergence comes from the way we are raised and the things we were taught. If you bring those bad lessons into your locker room, the team culture will become a problem. Prime is simply going with the highest percentage for success.
    Young men raised in two-parent families have the greatest chance for success. Period. Not sure about the other part of scratching and clawing (imply kids simply trying to survive?), but it makes sense.

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